I have been posting some videos on youtube lately just chronicling some things that happen during a week for me. A lot of it is driven by me wanting to get more video of things that we do. Enjoy the last couple that I have put up. I had originally planned to try to get a video up every week. I am guessing I will be more like once a month, with the goal of getting to weekly eventually.
Two members of our household each got a new ride this weekend…
Lately, our dog walks have gotten longer and longer in time spent, not in distance walked. Tabasco is 12 years old, and can barely finish our two-mile walk. She slows down to the point that we are barely making any forward progress. And sometimes she just flat out refuses to go any further.
I have been trying to convince Nick that Tabasco needs her own set of wheels. The problem is Tabasco doesn’t like to move unless it’s under her own will. After much consideration, this weekend we broke down and bought her a wagon. I wanted something that could be stored easily, especially when traveling, as we are planning a trip that will involve hiking, etc. Monday afternoon, we did our typical two-mile walk, and waited until she slowed significantly before putting her in the wagon, figuring she would be more accepting of moving forward with someone else in control. The good thing about lugging around an old dog, is she can’t just jump out of a moving wagon; it’s a long, slow process. So every time she would stand up, we would stop moving, calm her and make her sit down, before moving forward again. I won’t say she liked it, but she did much better than we both expected. Now we just need to buy her some doggles, and she’ll be good to go (kidding)!
The other new ride purchased this weekend was a new car for Nick. In an effort to downsize and find a more gas-efficient vehicle, Nick has been eyeing a new car for a few months now. He has been looking at different hatchbacks and smaller SUVs. We wanted something comfortable to ride in for long road trips, roomy enough to take the dogs with us along with our luggage, and able to accommodate our bikes too. We test-drove a handful of vehicles, none quite meeting all of our expectations. It was not our intention to buy a hybrid, but the only car that fit the bill of power, comfort, spaciousness, fuel efficiency, and durability was the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.
We are looking forward to loading up the A3 for a long trip this summer.
I’ve been wanting to buy a camera to take on our runs and bike rides for almost a year now. After researching the shockproof, waterproof cameras available, I’ve had my eye on the Nikon Coolpix AW120. Since the weather is beginning to warm up, making outdoor running possible, we finally purchased the camera yesterday. We have been shooting with DSLRs for several years, but these are too difficult, awkward, and heavy to carry on a run or bike ride. And, there is another reason persuading us not to take the DSLR for use while running, the cost of replacement is just TOO high.
Note, the new NIKON COOLPIX AW130 is said to release this month, reducing the price of the AW120 by over $100 dollars. I momentarily considered waiting for the new AW130, but the upgrades are minimal (at least to me) and I was happy to pay less for a great camera.
Pretty standard stuff – camera, battery, USB cable, AC adapter, camera strap, brush (what am I intended to brush?), and Quick Start Guide. I have to say, I do like that the AC adapter has the foldable prongs, making it more convenient for storage and travel. The guide recommends charging the battery for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before starting, although the camera did show the battery to have a charge.
After the battery was fully charged, we wanted to see how the camera would perform. We took the dogs on a walk in a nearby park and neighborhood and snapped a few pictures along the way. Some shots were still and others were taken while walking. As you can see, the camera does a pretty good job of focusing even while in motion.
This past weekend we took the dogs to the Kohler-Andrae State Park. We wanted to get the dogs out of the house for a while, as well as take a few pictures (even though it wasn’t the prettiest of days). The weather was mild and cloudy, but with the sun making an appearance, it made for some great pictures.
This week was a cold one. The pups got to experience their first snow. With temperatures below freezing, we’ve been staying inside more than we would like to. Our basement should be finished before Thanksgiving, so we will have our house back and our exercise room fully functioning.